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News Clips 01/29/2013
FSU PC honored for efficiency
Source: The News Herald, 01/28/13
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By Jessica McCarthy
Florida State University has earned a top efficiency ranking from U.S. News and World Report, and Dr. Ken Shaw, dean of the Panama City campus, said it’s a sign of how FSU is doing with limited funding.
“We are ranked very high on quality education in the nation but in terms of funding we receive, we’re quite low in terms of resources,” Shaw said. “That really showcases that FSU is doing an incredible job. Being able to be ranked number one is really terrific for our university.”
FSU is ranked 97 in the list of Best Colleges, national university rankings, according to the report, and the efficiency rating said FSU spent $17,731 per student in fiscal year 2011.
“On our campus and main campus, a number of non-faculty positions have been reduced through attrition,” Shaw said. “In the last three to four years, we have had to make significant cuts, but we decided not to reduce any positions that any had direct impact on students in terms of instruction.”
The report measured financial resources by how much the school spends on student services, research, instruction and related educational expenditures.
“They look at the quality of the institutions and the resources they receive,” Shaw said. “We’re ranked high among public universities in the United States, but our resources are far less than those in the top 100.”
He said the school continues to look for ways to stretch its funding, but they’re also looking forward to the fall semester.
“We are heavily engaged in getting ready for the first two years of freshman and sophomores here at FSU PC; it’s a real opportunity for students and parents in this region,” Shaw said. “We’re a local university with a high reputation. Looking forward to realizing the opportunity this fall when they come on board.”